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John Wells enters new territory as he goes underground in East Africa to track four kidnapped Americans and the Somali bandits who snatched them in the tough thoughtful electrifying new novel from the New York Times bestselling author Four friends recent college graduates travel to Kenya to work at a giant refugee camp for Somalis Two men two women each The Night Kindle I liked this book less than the previous John Wells books but not because the plot seems smaller I actually liked that Wells isn t saving the entire world for once The problem he s solving here seems to have a realistic scale Instead I liked the plot writing and characterization less than in the previous books Wells and Shafer communicate almost entirely by cell phone and nothing in this book advances the plot strand about maneuvering within the CIA The plot also implies a conspiracy that s never really unraveled One major character Owen gets a personality transplant midway through the book that could have been an interesting portrayal of how a retiring nerd chooses to become a leader but isn t Meanwhile all the African characters talk in what sounds like Jamaican patois from a 90s movie which is sort of understandable when they re communicating in English with Wells but makes a lot less sense when they re having pages long conversations with each other presumably in languages they speak fluently Above all I strongly disliked Berenson s portrayal of women not ever his strong suit exactly but not something any of the previous plots has lingered over much In this book there are three main female characters two of whom drop out of the plot entirely the comely kidnapping victim the ugly but smart aid worker and the savvy sexy love interest There is something deeply sexist about the reduction of these women into such stereotypes that is really beneath Berenson s previous level of work and it s especially troubling when combined with the constant patter about rape in this book which just so coincidentally takes place in Africa It would be one thing to have three characters of this type in the story that would be fine in a page turner like this But Berenson doesn t use his narration to portray these women in any detail instead he just flat out says that Moss is plug ugly in Wells s eyes Rather than you know describing what her face looks like None of the women even the kidnapping victim who is a POV character has anything resembling a mental life at least not one that extends to thoughts beyond her looks or effect on men Gwen s inner monologue is patronizing and inane It s hard for the reader to get really worried about this blow up doll being in perilThis goes on and on page after page and I ended the book liking both Wells and Berenson less than I did before reading it I suppose this makes me sounds like a pissed off feminist but when this is the peek we get into the worldview of even a smart guy like Berenson it seems there s a lot to be pissed off aboutThis installment reads as though Berenson has a new editor and that editor is Scott Thompson the book s fratty jerk character Since I actually have some faith in Berenson and actual editor Neil Nyren I ll hope for a better book next time

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with their own reasons for being there But after twelve weeks they’re ready for a break and pile into a Land Cruiser for an adventureThey get than they bargained for Bandits hijack them They wake up in a hut hooded bound no food or water Hostages As a personal favor John Wells is asked to try to find them but he does so reluctantly East Africa isn’t his usual playi The Night Ranger is the latest John Wells novel by Alex Berenson Instead of Aghanistan and the Middle East this time the action takes place in Africa specifically Kenya and Somalia Alex Berenson is one of the rare authors who seem to get better and better each time out This book is exceptionally well researched I felt like I was in Africa The complexities of both everyday life and the political situation in Africa were clearly conveyed while also being smoothly integrated into the storyJohn Wells is one of my favorite action characters As it says in the book John Wells is awfully simple and awfully complicated He is not superhuman bullets don t bounce off him and he makes mistakes He also makes choices that aren t always the right or moral ones but he uestions those decisions himself and has to bear the conseuences He feels real than just about any action character I can think ofBerenson also makes great use of Wells former CIA bosses Shafer and Duto and his complicated relationship with them and their complicated relationship with each other The conversations between Shafer and Duto highlight the political considerations that take place and the dichotomy between loyalty and callousness With limited page time these characters are very well fleshed out The plot and the action here are also top notch The plot moves forward steadily punctuated with great action seuences combining both brute force and the latest in military technology Berenson does a good job of conveying the limitations of both You are left guessing as to what s really going on and none of the characters are guaranteed to be safe Some guesses may be right but nothing is certain until the last page Exciting plot and action with real depth both in the locale descriptions and the characters make for a page turning thriller Alex Berenson is at the top of my must read list and The Night Ranger cements that status Highly recommendedI was fortunate to receive an advance copy of this book

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Ng field And when he arrives he finds that the truth behind the kidnappings is far complex than he imaginedThe clock is ticking The White House is edging closer to an invasion of Somalia Wells has a uniue ability to go undercover and to make things happen but if he can’t find the hostages soon they’ll be dead – and the US may be in a war it never should have begun I ve been a fan of John Wells the protagonist of most of Alex Berenson s novels for a while but I found the latest installment in the series disappointing I ve grown accustomed to John Wells saving the world or at least preventing a major disaster but in this book his exploits focus on the kidnapping of three aid workers in Africa none of whom are even terribly likable It s as if James Bond got involved in breaking up a small time check kiting ring in North Dakota Valuable work certainly but where is the evil genius residing in the hollowed out volcano with dreams of nuclear annihilationThat said The Night Ranger is readable enough It passed the time on a long flight back from Japan just fine The story hangs together reasonably well John is true to his character cynical brave troubled and just a bit reckless and the usual secondary players Ellis Schaefer and Vinnie Duto play their reuisite roles


10 thoughts on “The Night Ranger

  1. says:

    I liked this book less than the previous John Wells books but not because the plot seems smaller I actually liked that Wells isn't saving the entire world for once The problem he's solving here seems to have a realistic scale Instead I liked the plot writing and characterization less than in the previous books Wells and S

  2. says:

    Change of scenery Wells story with our hero traveling to East Africa Kenya and Somalia to attempt a rescue of four young a

  3. says:

    An outstanding thriller set amid the refugee crisis in Kenya and SomaliaThe biggest difference between a superior thriller and one that’s jus

  4. says:

    Love this series however TNR wasnt my favorite John Wells outing Lots of unanswered uestions and the ending fel

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    PROTAGONIST John Wells CIA agentSETTING Kenya SomaliaSERIES #7 of 7RATING 35Four friends—Gwen Hailey Owen and Scott—have recently graduated from the University of Montana and decide to volunteer to help at a Somali refugee camp located in Kenya which is overseen by Scott’s uncle James Thompson The assignment does

  6. says:

    The Night Ranger is the latest John Wells novel by Alex Berenson Instead of Aghanistan and the Middle East this time the action takes place in Africa specifically Kenya and Somalia Alex Berenson is one of the rare authors who seem to get better and better each time out This book is exceptionally well researched I felt like I was in Africa The complexities of both everyday life and the political situation in Africa were clearly conveyed w

  7. says:

    I've been a fan of John Wells the protagonist of most of Alex Berenson's novels for a while but I found the latest installment in the

  8. says:

    Another John Wells thriller I hate to use the cliches associated with reading I couldn't put it down or A real page turne

  9. says:

    The Night Ranger was an excellent book exciting suspenseful and well written It is my favorite Alex Berenson book I think I have read the first six but I'm too lazy to check so far To my mind the only thing that prevented it from receiving the coveted five star rating was that it wasn't brilliantly written Please do not take that to mean that it wasn't well written because it certainly was I simply don't think that Berenson's writing goo

  10. says:

    Alex Berenson continues to write engrossing thrillers starring the redoubtable John Wells who is again called upon to find victims of a kidnapping but in this case its young teenagers in Africa Again and again Berenson has had Wells involved in different corners of the world in interesting plots that do not involve your standard thriller tropes Night Ranger is no exceptionJohn Wells receives a call from his s